Flowers of the New Zealand Manuka plant produce a unique nectar, which, when converted by bees into Manuka honey, has antimicrobial properties not present in any other honey in the world.
These special antibacterial and antifungal properties were first discovered by Professor Peter Molan from the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Dr. Molan discovered that Manuka honey could control bacteria that were resistant to conventional antibiotics, even MRSA.
The New Zealand Active Honey Association certifies Manuka honey according to the level of antimicrobial activity which is known as the Unique Manuka Factor or UMF. The initial level of activity is equivalent to UMF 5+ and is simply known as Active Manuka honey. Higher grades of activity are designated UMF 10+, UMF 15+ and UMF 20+.
Today the higher levels of UMF Manuka honey are used in hospitals and clinics around the world to heal stubborn wounds, ulcers and burns that have not responded to conventional antibiotics.
Active Manuka honey has been a standby in many New Zealand households for generations for a wide range of internal upsets and for general good health. It promotes intestinal health and is proven to control H. pylori, the bacteria responsible for peptic ulcers. Manuka honey taken internally also relieves the following:
- Acid reflux and heartburn
- Diarrhea and digestive problems
- Strep throat and Tonsillitis
- Mouth and gum ulcers
Manuka honey is also used successfully in the animal kingdom for a wide range of skin and wound healing applications. In New Zealand veterinarians frequently prescribe Manuka UMF honey for horses who have sustained wounds to their legs from accidental injuries. The wound is cleansed, Manuka honey applied and covered with a gauze dressing. Healing is accelerated and in a very short time the horse can resume activity again.
Certified Manuka UMF honey is available directly from Manuka Natural in New Zealand.